Blogmas Day 1 šŸŽ„ā›ŖšŸŽ„

Self Care & Mental Health

Every day in December, many people celebrate ā€œAdventā€. According to this site,

Advent means ā€˜Comingā€™ in Latin. This is the coming of Jesus into the world. Christians use the four Sundays and weeks of Advent to prepare and remember the real meaning of Christmas.

Why Christmas

Iā€™ve decided to participate in this mindfulness practice, by blogging each day. Doing so will diligently reminding me of what Christmas is and how I need to act. This will encourage me to check my attitude, heart, and intentions.


Blogmas Day 1:

I love fragrances that remind me of wonderful memories. Here are a few that will send your home in the right directionā¤ļø

PINE

HOT CHOCOLATE

CRANBERRIES

FIREWOOD/WOOD BURNING

ROASTED CHESTNUTS

WINTER CHRISP AIR

WET CLOTHES

CINNAMON APPLE

GINGERBREAD

TOASTED MARSHMALLOWS

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Change Causes Change

Seizure Mama and Rose

Reposted Chapter 20: Drug Changes Change Rose

Things fell apart. Drug 4L had been added to drug 3S after the seizures during the holidays. At first drug 4L made Rose mean. Getting her schoolwork done was a battle. Either she would not or could not concentrate. Were these changes due to the new drug, the new homebound situation, or the seizures? Her ear infections continued, so antibiotics were frequently in the mix.
We kept records of all her drug dosages and combinations, along with seizure descriptions on a chart. We couldnā€™t keep all of it straight unless we wrote it down. The months were a blur of seizures, side effects and sickness. I read books about epilepsy and researched epilepsy drugs and treatments. It was all so confusing. How could we help our Rose if we did not understand this disorder and the effects of its medications? I felt helplessā€¦

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Top Seizure Apps For Smartphonesā€¦

Epilepsy Talk

A study published in the International Journal of Epilepsy has found that certain smart phone apps can aid those with epilepsy.

Led by Dr. Lakshmi Narasimhan Ranganathan from the Institute of Neurology, Madras Medical College (Madras, India), researchers surveyed the mobile applications available for the everyday care of patients with epilepsy.

Those apps include seizure diaries as well as medication trackers with reminders to take the next pill.

Apps are available to answer any question patients with epilepsy might have and to remind doctors about drug interactions to watch out for.

Most of them are free of charge.

The authors say that special sensors integrated into cell phones might allow continuous drug monitoring too.

Rather than taking anti-epileptic drugs all of the time and suffering their cognitive side-effects, people might take those drugs only when a seizure is coming on.

ā€œPeople with epilepsy may have a seizure today and anotherā€¦

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Motherhood season

I donā€™t want accolades
or a standing ovation
I donā€™t want to be applauded to the very echo for being the best Mom but, Sometimes I ask myself if Iā€™m doing it right
I ask myself if Iā€™m not clutching you too tightly lest I squeeze you
I also ask myself if my grip is too firm because I donā€™t want you slipping away from my hands

I ask myself if I have fed you well enough or you still want some more
Iā€™m scared to move away to do other things in fear that you open one eye and find an empty spot beside you
Iā€™m afraid to even blink because I donā€™t want to miss a moment

I want to see you smile in your slumber
I want to see your toothless gums as you yawn
I want to see your face change every day as it takesā€¦

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